Sheep Casings ----HELP!

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  1. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I was trying to make wieners, and stuff into sheep casings, but they would not cooperate!!

    Thank God I had some extra hog casings from my brats.

    The sheep casings were supposed to be 23mm, but there's no way the would fit over my 1/2" stuffing tube.  The got hung up and kept tearing.  I lubed the stuffing tube with oil

    The sheep casings came from LEM, and I certainly will not use them again.  The hog casings were not the greatest either, but at least I could stuff them!!

    Who has decent sheep casings that will work good for hot dogs?

    How do you thread these things on a stuffing tube?

    Todd
     
  2. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I quit using the Lem casings as well, Some where good others were horrible so I can't depend on them. Now I've been stopping at 2 small local butcher shops and when I get them they are frozen and much better quality. I noticed the size consistency is much better also. 
     
  3. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I put the end of the sheep casing over my pinky finger. This opens the end up and they slide right on.
     
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  4. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    THX Guys!

    The site says Dry Salt Pack Tubed or Pre-Flushed Tubed

    What's the diff?

    I won't be using them all at once, so which will keep longer?

    Todd
     
  5. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I use the B&P packed in salt solution...Very happy with them and the snap they give......Those little buggers are hard to open up... make ya want to have a drink.........LOL

    joe
     
     
  6. tatonka3a2

    tatonka3a2 Meat Mopper

    The LEM casings are horrible.  We too use the Syracuse Casings for hotdogs.  We bought the 26/28mm sheep Dry-Salt Pack ones last year and were happy with them.
     
  7. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    LEM sells a 3/8" stuffing tub. I modified it to fit my stuffer (I had to grind the base down a bit to get it to fit right) I have had OK results with it so far. I tried it with the smoked collagen casings from LEM and made some deer/pork snack sticks a while back. The problem I had with them was that I could only get about 1/3 of the length of casings on the stuffing tub at a time, which worked out to be about 6ft long once stuffed. The casing seemed to kind of bind up when trying to slide them on. I tried them dry; I lubed the tube with water, lube it with cooking spray and just couldn’t get them to go on any further….. I’ve been looking for some ¼” stainless and I was going to weld it to a stainless steel base to try that, but haven’t come across tubing as of yet….. I haven’t used sheep casings yet, I’ve wanted to tried to make hot dogs for a while now, but just haven’t made the leap as of yet. They are high on my things to try list, I was thinking of trying LEM hot dog seasonings mix, has anyone else tried it? And if so what were your thoughts? Joe, Not to sound stupid, but what is B&P? Thanks ShoneyBoy

     
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I own a Cabelas 20# Stuffer, and it comes with a 1/2" stuffing tube for snack sticks

    The sheep casings from LEM would not even fit over this tube!

    TERRIBLE!

    The LEM Hog casings had lots of blowouts and small holes throughout the short casings.  Almost seemed to be cutoff's of 2nds
     
  9. Pretty much all "home pack" casings like those from LEM are exactly that , 2nds, odd lengths and various diameters.
    The Syracuse Casing Co. "home pack" hog casings that we can get here in the supermarkets are usually okay, the quality has always been pretty good...... if one doesn't mind the odd diameters.


    ~Martin
     
  10. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Jarhead.....I've been very fortunate, I found a local sausage company that will sell me fresh casings packed in salt for a reasonable price …..I’ve been doing business with them for about 4 years now, unfortunately the owner passed away a while back, but his son took over and he’s just as helpful as his dad was….. I paid $18.00 for a hank the last time I went by there…..As far as the LEM casings I always see them just on the shelf at Bass Pro, every were else I see them they are refrigerated. I’ve never bought them from Bass Pro because I’ve always been concerned that they should be keep cold……..
     
  11. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  12. ac45acp

    ac45acp Smoke Blower

    stainless tubing. http://www.speedymetals.com/
     
  13. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here's my small stuffing tube

    ID = 3/8"

    OD = is slightly larger than 1/2"

    Cabelas claims it's 10mm, but that's the ID

    I can easily slide 19mm collagen casings for snack sticks on this tube, but the LEM sheep casings would not

     
  14. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    Todd, I have the LEM 11 lb stuffer and bought the 7/16" X 12" long tube from smokeandstuff.com

    My outlet flange is 2 1/8", not sure what yours is but hopefully this helps.
     
  15. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  That is a great resource,I'm always looking for just a little piece of materials all the time and always seem to have to buy 20ft. This will save me a lot of money..... Thanks for the information....SB
     
  16. The local Sportsman's Warehouse stocks LEM Natural Casing and I found they are from China...that could be the problem with them.
     
  17. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Guys so whats the right size tube for sheep casings?  3/8 inch?
     
  18. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

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